Red Sky

red sky kdramaOngoing drama. Still watching.

Preview: Hong Chun Ki is a female painter during the Joseon era, who is able to enter Gyungbokgung Palace. Her fate is entwined with Ha Ram, a man who lost his sight but knows how to read the skies and constellations. “So excited for this! Looks like a beautiful love story!”

Trailer: Red Sky

Genre:  Period, Romance, Fantasy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Kim Yoo Jung as Hong Chun Ki
Ahn Hyo Sup as Ha Ram
Gong Myung as Grand Prince Ahn Pyung

Nevertheless

nevertheless kdramaSummary: Just after breaking up from her boyfriend, Yoo Na Bi meets Park Jae Eon, an art student like her in the university that she’s in. She’s instantly attracted to him but he’s the type who doesn’t date. Mutually, they agree to meet. However, their relationship cause insecurities and gossips which is affecting Yoo Na Bi’s studies.

Trailer: Nevertheless

Genre: Romance
Episodes: 10
Stars: Song Kang as Park Jae Eon
Han So Hee as Yoo Na Bi
Chae Jong Hyup as Yang Do Hyuk
Lee Yeol Eum as Yoon Seol Ah

Likes: The focus on art studies, students and its classroom setting made this drama a special one. I love the details on the project-making: sculpting, carving, solding, drawing, sketching, then there’s the use of wood, metal, clay and other materials. I’ve never been to an art school so it’s fascinating to see how it would look like.

Addicting attraction. The main story is centered on a very strong attraction between the lead characters. I like how this thing is being highlighted. Obviously, there are people who value this over relationships or attachment. There are also group of people who wants both, which could be more challenging but not impossible.

Main love team. Great chemistry between Park Jae Eon and Yoo Na Bi! They simply look good together. Their intimate moments were well-shot. Kudos to the lady director of this drama. Although, I was so swayed by Yang Do Hyuk, I still thought Jae Eon and Na Bi had something more in common. Would the two last though? I think that’s not the point but how they would enjoy being together as long as they’d last.

Other love teams. Plenty in this drama! But my favourite is Yoon Sol and Ji Wan! Theirs is the most likeable, unconventional pairing. The chemistry between the two was strong. And I just love how Yoon Sol would look at Ji Wan with so much love and admiration. One could feel the sincerity!

The seaside. I just thought that seaside town was beautiful! If I were Na Bi, the choice was easy. Fall in love with Do Hyuk and stay in that place. The view of the water from Do Hyuk’s restaurant was like a painting!

The finished art. Love Na Bi’s sculpture with wings. That was the highlight of the last episode for me.

The Ending. You have to make sure you’ll be happy with your choice and you stand by it. Na Bi’s choice was hers and if that made her happy so be it.

Dislikes: Park Jae Eon’s character was too weak. Handsome face but lacking substance. The only strong feature about him is his passion in art. Driving a Maserati was a turn-off, but well, we could blame the sponsor for that.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Doom at your Service

doom at your serviceSummary: Tak Dong Kyung lives an ordinary life until she realizes that she is dying. She only has 3 months to live. She meets Myul Mang, doom incarnate, and ends up agreeing to a 100-day contract with him.

Trailer: Doom at your Service

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Supernatural
Episodes: 16
Stars: Park Bo Young as Tak Dong Kyung
Seo In Gook as Myul Mang / Kim Sa Ram
Lee Soo Hyuk as Cha Joo Ik
Kang Tae Oh as Lee Hyun Kyu
Shin Do Hyun as Na Ji Na




Likes: I love supernatural being and this one gives me a “Meet Joe Black” vibe! So totally! Why do they have to look so hot? Brad Pitt, Gong Yoo, Lee Dong Wook and now, Seo in Gook! I knew it, it was something I needed to watch no matter how lacking the script was.

The Story. The idea was awesome although I thought it was poorly executed. (I’ll leave the negative one later for the dislike part.) Doom roaming around doing his job (basically being doom), through an unfortunate event meets our heroine, Tak Dong Kyung, who just received the bad news that she’s dying. Her dying wish to end the world summoned Doom to her doorstep. But wait, she actually didn’t mean that wish. Too late, Doom was there to claim what was supposed to be claimed, and she was left with no choice but surrender. Good thing, it was Doom’s birthday that day and he gave her one wish. Of course she wished not to die but if Doom couldn’t claim her soul, the person she loved most would die on her stead. So she came up with an idea of turning Doom to be the person she loves most! Smart eh? Told ya, it’s Meet Joe Black!

The Leads. Love Park Bo Young. I always watch her dramas but Seo In Gook, I think I watched one drama where he was second lead and I didn’t really warm up to him. Glad, I gave him another chance. I was totally smitten by him as Doom!

Park Bo Young as Tak Dong Kyung – She was so cute and funny here. I love the character and the character name. It’s something you remember for a long time. She also looked gorgeous with her outfits. Love her long hair too. Her teasing personality was quite fun.

Seo In Gook as Myul Mang / Kim Sa Ram – He actually really looked handsome. I love that mole under one of his eyes! I think it makes him more gorgeous. He was cute before but I think he looked much better now that he’s older. His mysterious character Myul Mang must be the icing on the cake. I loved his expressionless looks, so cold, so sexy lol! And I shouldn’t forget, his grayish hair color. It really looked good on him! Thus, he just made it to my list of watchable male leads!



The Chemistry. Park Bo Young and Seo In Gook definitely have an awesome chemistry. I love the kiss in the rain, the almost kiss on the beach, the walk through cherry blossoms, the sunset talk and the wishing-upon-the-stars night. These two make me fall in love!

Second Love Team. It was a completely different story which sometimes too distracting to the main, but nevertheless, a nice and sweet addition.

The House Set. Tak Dong Kyung’s house reflected her personality and so does Myul Mang’s. Having them both combined was awesome. How do you feel coming home to your cute, cozy place with an extension to your boyfriend’s impressive mansion’s living room? Of course with your gorgeous boyfriend in it?

The Mystery of the Butterfly.  The deity’s intention was so puzzling. She came at first as someone annoying, meddling with everyone’s life. However, I like how the butterfly story turned out to be.

Favourite Quotes:

“False hope is still hope. Fake love is still love.”

“What is frightening is not living to the fullest.”

“The reduction of the universe to one person, and the expansion of one person to a deity. That is love.”

Addicting OST. As the drama ended, I only not miss the characters but also its moving and addicting tracks. Here’s Doom at Your Service OST!

Ending. Getting a happy ending from something that would seem end disastrously is a huge treat. I also got my epilogue bonus!



Dislikes: As what I mentioned above, it was quite a good story but poorly executed. It was lacking explanations. I would have rather have one storyline (Tak Dong Kyung and Doom) to give more details on how everything come into place than switching back and forth between the main and the second loveteam’s storylines. It was so lacking, it didn’t justify the love that broke realms.

I don’t know why Doom was always wearing something too big for himself. Was it supposed to be a fashion statement? I love Tak Dong Kyung’s outfit, they suit her so well, but Doom’s, nah! His winter coats are too big! The only outfit I like on him was the doctor’s gown!

And why were they suddenly in Jeju? Just like that?

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

Bossam: Steal the Fate

bossam kdramaSummary: Ba Woo is a poor person who does Bossam to make a living. Bossam was a custom in Joseon period, in which a bachelor who missed marrying, would secretly wrapped a widow in a blanket and make her his wife. On one of Ba Woo’s Bossam jobs, he accidentally abducted princess Soo Kyung, a virgin widow and the daughter-in-law of the powerful Lee Yi Chum.

Trailer: Bossam: Steal the Fate

Genre: Period, Romance
Episodes: 20
Stars: Jung Il Woo as Ba Woo
Kwon Yoo Ri as Princess Soo Kyung
Shin Hyun Soo as Lee Dae Yup

Likes: The start was good! A poor man’s fate took a drastic turn when he accidentally abducted a princess! Well, it was how he made a living putting that old Joseon tradition, Bossam, into the limelight. I thought it was funny, the circumstantial meeting of our lead characters and how their feelings developed through whatever situations they were in.

The intro looked artistically vintage and romantic! Just beautiful! In fact I never skipped one in all 20 episodes!

The OST was very fitting! Very similar to Arang‘s OST. It brings you back to that old age of struggle, sacrifice and protection for the one you love. Check it out, Bossam’s OST!

The Hanboks were just gorgeous! Of course, the most colourful and attractive were of the nobles. Ba Woo, when his noble status was restored, he suddenly looked dashing in Hanboks. Lee Dae Yup, maybe because of his height, looked extra ravishing, however.

The Cast…

Jung Il Woo as Ba Woo – I must admit, he didn’t really looked that good as a peasant. I was always used to his sophisticated roles and looks. He started warming up to me when he got his noble status back but still disliked his moustache.

Kwon Yoo Ri as Princess Soo Kyung – I loved her beauty! Her face was so serene and fitting for that era. Her voice was calming and her command in the Joseon language and accent was outstanding! The role was just perfect for her! And yeah, she looked gorgeous in Hanboks!

Shin Hyun Soo as Lee Dae Yup – such a  handsome guy. Again fitting for Joseon. And I thought he had more chemistry with the princess.

Lots of important characters which brings me back memories of Hwajung – a superb political, period kdrama. It was indeed a tumultuous era.

The ending was a beautiful closure to that whirlwind but romantic start. I love the beach and the sunset, and the two souls who in the end managed to change their fates.

Dislikes: The romance part got lost from all those political twists. I wished they focused more on the romance. I’ve watched Hwajung and this one was no comparison when it comes to the political portrayal of that era. So I thought, at least the romance would be great but not really.

It was dragging too long. I got really bored. It took me a while to finish all 20 episodes.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Start-Up

start-up kdramaSummary: In order to impress her estranged, rich mum and sister, Seo Dal Mi quits her job to start her own business. She meets Nam Do San, the founder of NamSan Tech, who she thinks was her long time pen pal. They team up to join the hackathon for start ups which is run by a company called Sandbox.

Trailer: Start-Up

Genre: Romance
Episodes: 16
Stars: Bae Suzy as Seo Dal Mi
Nam Joo Hyuk as Nam Do San
Kim Sun Ho as Han Ji Pyung
Kang Han Na as Won In Jae



Likes: Such a success! Why? It captures its audience through its young, dynamic, ambitious and innovative nature of start-ups. Although it’s not at all easy as it seemed, the drama came out very entertaining and inspiring. I like the love story that came with it, the family dramas behind the most important characters and especially that found friendship from someone unknown.

Family bond. As the saying goes, blood is thicker than water. It holds true for our main girl, Seo Dal Mi’s story. How her family got separated but in the end, they all put their past behind and started supporting each other.

The dream. This one’s for Nam Do San who didn’t even know how to dream until he meets the girl he fell in love with. He got himself into a very difficult situation that ironing it out seemed like a dream for him.

The pen pal. I personally love the pen pal story. There’s something special with writing letters. It connects people on a different and special level. Han Ji Pyeong became Seo Dal Mi’s first love and he also became everyone’s love. I hopelessly root for him :(.

The grandma of all. I would say, she was the source of all good things that happened later. She was also the connection between everyone important in the drama. I used a lot of tissue whenever this grandma appeared.

The girl on the swing. I love the background story of this girl. It brought up the importance of choosing Seo Dal Mi’s Dad. Also it’s such a meaningful representation of the Sandbox company.

Cherry blossoms. The beautiful beginning and end of a friendship was well represented by the blooming and falling of cherry flowers.



Tarzan. Knowing how Nam Do San explained to Seo Dal Mi how AI worked using Tarzan and Jane as examples, it made more sense to call the self-driving car, Tarzan. If you don’t know, then Tarzan would sound very cheesy.

Yeong Sil. It wasn’t just Han Ji Pyeong but we were all getting into this charming virtual assistant. Yeong Sil, what’s my love prediction today? Would I be money lucky? Help me decide! Love the voice, I knew he sounded so familiar!

Surprising cameos. Lee Bo Young looking gorgeous as she appeared in episode 10. But the best is when the voice of Yeong Sil came to life and Yeo Jin Goo appeared on the last episode! Yes Yeong Sil’s voice was Yoo Jin Goo’s!

Favourite quote: “You’re a cosmos. It’s not yet you’re time to bloom. Be patient for fall.”

Appealing intro. It helps make a good drama to have a great intro design and music. Well done!

Now the question, are you team…

Seo Dal Mi and Nam Do San – I love their chemistry and they look good together too. In the end I think our too smart but kind-hearted Nam Do San needed someone like Seo Dal Mi who could complement his personality. I see them as a better match.

Seo Dal Mi and Han Ji Pyeong – first love is first love no matter what. I love how Han Ji Pyeong had been a pillar to Seo Dal Mi even when they were still pen pals. He still remained until the end.

Our talented cast.

Bae Suzy as Seo Dal Mi – This is actually the first time that I totally like her. She was extra vibrant and pretty and I was loving the chemistry between her and Nam Joo Hyuk.

Nam Joo Hyuk as Nam Do San – he was awesome here! I was very impressed in his acting, much better than in the drama Bride of the Water God . His facial expressions were better. He could cry too. Loved his shy, not so confident and nerdy character and as I’ve mentioned above, his chemistry with Bae Suzy was great.



Kim Sun Ho as Han Ji Pyung – omo, I fell in love with the character and who wouldn’t be? The story was really working to Kim Sun Ho’s favor – so deserving for the second male syndrome award!

Kang Han Na as Won In Jae – tough character for this pretty lady and she did so well in it!

Ending with an epilogue. A more elaborate ending is still my favorite especially when it comes with an epilogue.

Dislikes: Sometimes I couldn’t overlook how easy it was for these start ups to climb up the ladder. I know it’s for entertainment purposes only but really, it’s never that easy to run a business, much more to be a successful company to the point of going public (being in the stock market). You won’t look young anymore, believe me.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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The Spy Who Loved Me

the spy who loved me kdramaSummary: Kang Ah Reum is a wedding dress designer who used to be married to Jun Ji Hoon, who disguised himself as a travel writer but actually a spy. Kang Ah Reum never knew the true identity of her first husband. She then later marries Derek Hyun, who works as a diplomatic official but actually also a spy.

Trailer: The Spy Who Loved Me

Genre: Romance, Action
Episodes: 32
Stars: Eric as Jun Ji Hoon
Yoo In Na as Kang Ah Reum
Im Joo Hwan as Derek Hyun




Likes: I couldn’t remember watching a spy drama so far so having one was kind of exciting. I love Yoo In Na and I was also looking forward to see Im Joo Hwan. At least these two I know won’t disappoint me.

Jeju Island. I’m seeing more of Jeju Island these days and I like it! It reminds me of my early kdrama days when most popular dramas I watched was set in Jeju. The first two episodes of this drama were having Jeju island as its picturesque backdrop, reminiscing the time when our top characters were falling in love. And as soon as the couple settled down in Seoul, they fell out of love. So you see, Jeju is love!

Jun Ji Hoon vs. Derek Hyun, which husband are you?

Derek Hyun all the way! At least Derek had a valid reason to lie about his identity as he was connected with an industrial spy group which was wanted by the authority whereas Jun Ji Hyun, it wasn’t that necessary. Looks-wise, I’m biased here, as I have a big crush on Im Joo Hwan, just wasn’t into the the hair though. Derek was also looking better in suit as he was taller therefore looking more slender than Jun Ji Hoon. And of course, Derek’s character was to fall for. He was a bad spy but trying to change to the woman he loves.

Attractive Cast…

Eric as Jun Ji Hoon – first time to see Eric in a drama and he wasn’t that bad. Love his dancing gig on the first episode. He’s definitely got the moves, after all he’s a member of SHINHWA. He’s English was also great!

Yoo In Na as Kang Ah Reum – I love this girl, she’s a natural. She was always cute everytime she was torn between her two husbands. Jun Ji Hyun or Derek, she could easily establish a good chemistry with either of them.

Im Joo Hwan as Derek Hyun – Yes, I have a big crush on this dude but let’s be honest, he’s really also a great actor. He clearly stood out in this drama. Side by side with Eric, it was easy to tell who was better in acting.

The Good vs. the Bad team

Team Gulliver – I love this team especially their boss, Chief Ban Jin Min, he was so funny. Jun Ji Hoon and Seo Ra were hot! Young Goo was just adorable. And sad to see Kang Tae Ryong go in the end.

Team Helmes – the big boss was just too cool! She looked and acted cool all the time. That’s Derek’s mom for you, she was very impressive! Of course, the son comes after the mom… smart, handsome and cool! Right hand Tinker wasn’t lagging behind, with his looks he could be a model!



The Ending. Derek’s bitter-sweet ending wasn’t that bad. He maintained his coolness till the end. I even love his grey hair! As for Jun Ji Hoon and Kang Ah Reum, that 2 years-later epilogue was good enough to revive their connection.

Favourite Quote: “Bring yourself back to the happiest moment of you life.”

Dislikes: Eric looked way too tired! I know he’s a handsome man but he needs some sleep. He looked like a new parent.

Spy cliche: Vodka Martini, shaken not stirred. Hm, too trying hard to be Mr. Bond.

I really don’t understand why Kang Ah Reum, who’s a wedding dress designer suddenly became a tech expert, breaking into the lab and trying to retrieve some secret information. How was that possible? Was I missing something?

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

The Tale of the Nine-Tailed

th etale of the nine tailed kdramaSummary: Lee Yun is a thousand year old gumiho who used to be a mountain spirit who could control the air and the rain. In return for the reincarnation of his human first love, he gave up being the ruler of nature. Lee Yun now lives in the present world dedicating his life getting rid of evil spirits roaming around the human world. He meets Nam Ji Ah, a TV show producer, who totally looks like his past love.

Trailer: The Tale of the Nine-Tailed

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Action, Supernatural
Episodes: 16
Stars: Lee Dong Wook as Lee Yun
Jo Bo Ah as Nam Ji Ah
Kim Bum as Lee Rang
Kim Yong Ji as Yoo Ri




Likes: I’m always in for a good fantasy drama and I really liked how this one started. It had a “Goblin” feel to it. That tragic love story between a mountain spirit and a human girl and set thousands of years ago when the world was different. I love how good-looking our mountain spirit was, a nine-tailed fox who had power over his forest. Beautiful, untouched world which was set to be abandoned because of his love to a human girl.

Background stories. Kind of contented and satisfied with the throwbacks to that forgotten world. Not just the tragic love story of our hero Lee Yeon, who’s a nine-tailed fox but also his severed relationship with his half brother Lee Rang. I also liked the detailed background story of the existence of our villain, the Imoogi, who, later in the present kept on pestering our hero.

Foxly bromance. Lee Yeon and Lee Rang’s relationship was turbulent but no matter how bad it was, they would always end up rescuing each other. Love the brotherly chemistry between these two!  On the other hand, Lee Yeon’s bromance with his right hand Shin Joo was also something admirable.

Daebak first episode. I have to give that episode a ten! The introduction to the characters especially Lee Yeon, and how it was filled with daebak actions which made our hero looked super cool, definitely left me super excited!

Episode titles. Love the titles of each episode. They were creative and nicely summarizes the episode and gives a heads up on what’s going to happen.

The sister of King Hades. I just love her character, her world, her job – she was this stuck-up manager of the Afterlife Immigration Office, who has the power to decide when a human dies and lead him or her to the afterlife by crossing the Samdo river. Although she was that stuck-up, she also possessed a humanly character who is capable to love and grieve.

Love teams. Lee Yeon and the reincarnation of his first love, Nam Ji Ah – their story goes back to the ancient time which ended tragically but both got another chance in the present. Or Shin Joo, the right-hand fox of Lee Yeon who falls in love with the rescued Russian lady fox of Lee Rang, Yoo Ri. The second team is adorable too!



Bok Gil twist. This was a twist at the end and I didn’t see it coming. It surprised me, that’s why I really like it.

The Cast…

Lee Dong Wook as Lee Yun – I just couldn’t stop swooning  over his fox looks. This is definitely the sexiest looks Lee Dong Wook ever sported. I loved his reddish fox hair, his eyes when they gleamed, his  sexy smile and his slank figure! He could give Gong Yoo a run for his money when it comes to sword swinging!

Jo Bo Ah as Nam Ji Ah was her normal pretty self but did two challenging roles. I’m not such a big fan of her but her performance here is definitely a level higher than her past roles.

Kim Bum as Lee Rang – I liked Lee Rang’s character. Angry little brother who actually just wanted to be clingy and he had the most dramatic ending. It was good to see Kim Bum again! It’s been ages since I watched Boys Over Flowers!

Lee Tae Ri as Imoogi – I love this guy. I think he’s underrated. Glad he was given such an important role.

Dislikes: Honestly, I’m not a fan of Jo Bo Ah’s acting. I don’t know what it is but I never warmed up to her.

What was with the ending? It was confusing! I thought Lee Yeon turned human but what was with the wielding of sword???

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Record of Youth

record of youth kdramaSummary: Sa Hye Jun has been working as a model for 7 years but what he really wants is to become an actor. He is always compared to his close friend, Won Hae Hyo, who is also a model and comes from a rich family. Through their work, Sa Hye Jun and Won Hae Hyo  get acquainted with a professional makeup artist, Han Jung Ha, who is a huge fan of Sa Hye Jun.

Trailer: Record of Youth

Genre: Melodrama, Family, Romance
Episodes: 16
Stars: Park Bo Gum as Sa Hye Joon
Park So Dam as Han Jung Ha
Byun Woo Suk as Won Hae Hyo




Likes: Such a heart-warming story about life and experiences. This one’s especially focused on family, love and ambition and how everyone achieved their success going through failures. I like how realistic the family settings are. The bickering, favoritism, how open family members are when it comes to criticizing each other, the tension, the awkwardness of Sa Hye Jun’s family was too realistic, I could even relate to them. Same with the rich family of Won Hye Hyo, how the mom managed and controlled her kids, the cold atmosphere when everyone is at the table, how empty that big house was and how actually lonely these rich people are. And not to forget the life of Han Jung Ha who came from a broken family.

Love the characters and their convictions. I’ll focus on the main three although I would say this is one of the most character-rich dramas I’ve ever watched.

Sa Hye Jun’s perseverance to become a successful actor was truly inspiring. He worked so hard to achieve his dreams despite the criticisms he had received. He had the ambition so big that would crash obstacles which come his way. And although he reached the top, he remained a humble guy. That all made this character so beautiful. I’m not a huge fan of Park Bo Gum but I know he can act and I’ve got to give it to him, he did so well as Sa Hye Jun. And added bonus, he can speak English so well! I’m impressed!

Han Jung Ha’s calm and focused personality was her charm. She was so likeable, drawing our two main male leads to her which was very understandable. She had the courage to shift career paths despite the risk but since it was following what she loved most, she tried to pursue it. Such an admirable and beautiful character too. Park So Dam (the actress) is cute but not overly pretty which is good for the character.

Won Hae Hyo exuded coolness and elegance all the time. Definitely a rich kid just by the look of him. He trotted the runway like a pro and his face could launch a thousand me, lol! I know I’m biased. I have a big crush on Byun Woo Suk since Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency. But his character here, though rich and handsome, was quite pitiful. I feel for him when he was losing his self-esteem, poor Hae Hyo :(.

Love the bromance between the three friends Sa Hye Jun, Won Hae Hyo and Jinu. Made me missed my childhood friends!



Chemistry between Park Bo Gum and Park So Dam wasn’t bad at all. I definitely love that kiss, it was full of affection. The two definitely nailed that moment.

Tear-jerker beautiful moment: Grandpa’s speech!

The featured library: Starfield Library would be on my top spots to visit in Seoul! Looked awesome!

It is a hip drama (design-wise and the focus on social media and acting industry). It’s about the lives of young people these days, their experiences and struggles. But what I like most about it was consistency to its theme, it was such a heart-warming show all though out.

And speaking of hip, the OST is too. Check out Record of Youth OST.

The list of awesome cameos in this drama is long! But my favorite was Park Seo Joon. He really looked like a close friend of Park Bo Gum here. They were so natural on screen. Seo Hyun Jin and Lee Sung Kyung as leading ladies of Sa Hye Jun in two separate dramas inside this drama also caught my attention.

I love how everyone followed the path that was best for them. Even if that means being drafted to the army :), at least for our two male leads. It goes to show that time fixes things. And since I’m a sucker for epilogues, two years later was a big bonus!

Dislikes: The Krispy Creme Donut ad was just too much. I could deal with the BMW and the Subway but the donut was too aggressive.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Alice

alice kdramaSummary: Park Jin Gyum is a police detective finding out about people traveling from the future through a place called Alice. The main purpose of Alice is to provide healing  for clients in the future who had some bad experiences in the past. So they get to travel back to fix it. While investigating, Park Jin Gyum meets a woman who totally looks like his dead mom.

Trailer: Alice

Genre: Fantasy, Action, Thriller, Time-travel, Science Fiction, Romance
Episodes: 32
Stars: Kim Hee Sun as Yoon Tae Yi / Park Sun Young
Joo Won as Park Jin Gyum
Kwak Shi Yang as Yoo Min Hyuk
Lee Da In as Kim Do Yun
Kim Sang Ho as Go Hyung Suk
Choi Won Young as Suk Oh Won



Likes: It started so well! I love the action-packed first and second episodes. They gave a fantastic impression of this 16 episode- show that waiting for the next episodes was like a torture. It was fast-paced and very well done! I was filled with curiosity.

I love time-travel genre even though it confuses my already confused brain. Alice was clear from the beginning about parallel universes. So I thought, it would be like The King: Eternal Monarch. It was consistent for a couple of episodes and I was holding on to that.

The book of prophecy added to the mystery. I kind of like it although there was no need of it at the end. Everyone would figure out eventually what would happen. But yeah, the Alice in Wonderland thing was very mysterious to me :).

Mind-boggling twists! Lots of them in this drama. Some of them were shedding lights (love those kind) but some of them just led to confusion.

Love the cast!

Joo Won as Park Jin Gyum – he did a great job! And if I were to choose which was his best look: is it the 2010 highschooler Park Jin Gyum, the 2020 detective Park Jin Gyum or the old teacher/mastermind Park Jin Gyum? I would go for the old one! Joo Won looked great as an old man, no doubt about that! Talking about his acting skills, he was brilliant doing all three selves. He was even exceptional when he turned to a psycho, creepy highschooler.

Kim Hee Sun as Yoon Tae Yi / Park Sun Young – what I like most about her was her voice and it fit nicely with her character as Park Sun Young, Park Jin Gyum’s mom. She did so well as the mom especially on her dying moments. I don’t know how many times she died, I lost count but yes every time she was dying, she was so convincing.

Kwak Shi Yang as Yoo Min Hyuk – he’s such a good-looking guy and I wonder why I didn’t see him in other kdramas before. What’s even better is he can cry! Oh Min Hyuk ssi, my heart was torn seeing those tears.

Lee Da In as Kim Do Yun – I love her character as Kim Do Hyun… very chatty, caring, loyal and I wished so badly that she would end up with Park Jin Gyum. I thought the two looked cute together.

I commend the stylists in this drama for making everyone looked great. I kind of like the combination of heels and rolled-up pants, made the ladies look taller. Also loved Joo Won’s everyday detective look, simple but looked good on him. And he looked exceptionally handsome in that police uniform!

Talking about chemistry, there so much of it in this drama. I love the chemistry between Park Jin Gyum and Kim Do Yun, Tae Yi and Min Hyuk and even the police chief Go Hyung Suk and his wife. But Tae Yi and Park Jin Gyum, hm that’s one thing that would go to my dislike.



I love the OST! Here are five songs from this drama I love listening to right now… Alice OST. Love The Star best. Somehow, that song reminds me of the Faith OST where Kim Hee Sun also starred with Lee Min Ho.

Dislikes: The ending was so confusing! First, the story didn’t stick to its parallel-universes-rule which was clearly explained in the beginning. It ended up explaining the ending with a single timeline rule which was even not consistent. Like how come Park Jin Gyum, the architect did not even recognize professor Tae Yi considering she still looked like her mom. I don’t know but the ending sucks. What a disappointment. And the fact that the scriptwriters insisted till the very end on the romance between Park Jin Gyum and Tae Yi gives me creeps people. Excuse me, but she is still his mom, right?! Why insist on this Oedipus complex kind of scenario – creepy! I would have loved to see Do Yun ended up with Jin Gyum! They have more chemistry than the Tae Yi and Jin Gyum team.

And uh that shameless ad placement of a weight loss product Prof. Tae Yi was promoting, I couldn’t take that scene, it was just too much.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

its okay to not be okay kdramaSummary: Moon Kang Tae works as a psychiatric caregiver and also takes care of his grown up brother who has special needs. He is great at his job but he doesn’t stay long in one hospital or employer. Due to a childhood trauma, he moves around with his brother a lot. Moon Kang Tae meets Ko Moon Young, a popular, successful and eccentric kids book author. Ko Moon Young takes a liking to Moon Kang Tae and starts following him around.

Trailer: It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

Genre: Romance, Psychological
Episodes: 16
Stars: Kim Soo Hyun as Moon Kang Tae
Seo Ye Ji as Ko Moon Young
Oh Jung Se as Moon Sang Tae




Likes: A beautifully-written story with much focus on details. I love the combination of  exceptional characters combined with intense psychological drama, with added series of literary masterpieces and illustrations in a much rural, coastal backdrop. It was unique in a way and such an enjoyable show to follow until the end.

The grotesque animation. I’m a huge fan of this part. It gave the whole drama a dark tone and at the same time retained some cuteness. Which was my exact whole impression of the non-animated part. A great introduction indeed.

The cursed castle. This impressive set was just perfect for the story. A princess is not a princess without a castle afterall. Eerie but perfect!

The featured books and stories. I love all the books and the amazing stories and the morals that came with it but I think The Zombie Kid left a special place in my heart. Moreoever, I also like the touching story of the two brothers who made sure the other has a sack of rice for his family.

The storytelling with its animated illustration. Illustrated stories are simply the best. There are people like me who are visual so I really enjoy illustrated books, much more animated illustrations!

The titles of each episode. Yes it was the book’s title and each episode’s story is a reflection of that in the book.

The sarcasm in Ko Moon Young’s Fairy tale Class. I enjoyed this bit. There’s so much truth in all of these…

What is a fairy tale?  It is a cruel fantasy that illustrates the brutality and violence of this world in a paradoxical manner.

Moral on Ugly Duckling – raising someone else’s child is unrewarding, so just look after your own.

Moral on The Little Mermaid – karma will bite you hard if you covet on an engaged man.

Conclusion: A fairy tale isn’t a hallucinogen that gives us hopes and dreams. It is a stimulant that makes us face reality.

The beautiful coastal, countryside. A break from the usual busy and crowded Seoul. I thought the psychiatric hospital’s location was a perfect place to those seeking emotional and psychological healing. Love the view of the ocean!

The OST. Love, love the beautiful OST: It’s Okay Not To Be Okay!

The Brilliant Cast…

Kim Soo Hyun as Moon Kang Tae – I know Kim Soo Hyun would always choose a good role and as Moon Kang Tae, his comeback role after his military, it was a sure winner for him. His downcast personality as Moon Kang Tae showed how well he could do with serious roles like this one. At first I thought he was too thin but I realized it was all part of it.



Seo Ye Ji as Ko Moon Young – no one could do this role better than Seo Yi Ji. She was hands down the best! I loved her voice, perfectly fitting her role as Ko Moon Young. I loved Ko Moon Young’s different looks: beautiful, sultry, eccentric, arrogant, intimidating – difficult with a beautiful and talented soul. She was every inch a character from a fairy tale, the one with the very tiny waist :)! Moreover, all the outfits she wore were gorgeous and suited her really well!

Oh Jung Se as Moon Sang Tae – I’ve got to give the best actor award to  Oh Jung Se for doing Moon Sang Tae soooo well! The acting was just brilliant, hands down. I loved how he mastered the mannerisms, the stutter when he talked, the way he walked and how he could portray that innocence of someone who living in his own world. Such a brilliant actor!

The Ending with a twist. I love how the brother whom everyone thought was someone everyone would take care of became the one protecting others.  I didn’t see that twist with the mum coming but what a  surprise! In the end, everyone found their peace, could move on and grow more.

Dislikes: I’m less a fan of psychological drama. Sometimes it’s too sad. It’s just that this one was too good to let it slip.

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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